September 2014 - Germantown Jewish Centre

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ELUL 5774
Volume 23, Issue No. 1
SEPTEMBER 2014
Looking back, looking ahead
By Rabbi Adam Zeff
T
his coming year
of 5775 is a
sabbatical year, the
7th year of a 7-year cycle mentioned
several times in the Torah (e.g. Exodus
23:10). In the Torah, the sabbatical
year is a time to refrain from agricultural labor, to allow the land to rest and
recharge. I feel very blessed to be able
to take a sabbatical myself in this sabbatical year, after 7 years of serving as
rabbi of GJC. After the High Holidays,
I will be spending nine months in Haifa
with my family, and I am very grateful
to the GJC community for giving me
this opportunity for learning, renewal,
and reconnection with the land and
people of Israel.
The sabbatical year provides all of
us with an opportunity to take a longterm perspective on our lives. Where
were we 7 years ago? How have we
and those around us changed in the intervening years? Which blessings can
we count, and which sorrows do we
carry? And where do we see ourselves
going in the next 7 years? Do we want
to continue on our current course or
change it? How can we improve ourselves and the world in the time that
lies ahead?
We will have many chances in the
upcoming year to examine these questions both personally and as a community. We have an exciting schedule of
adult education classes and activities
for kids and families that bring us face
to face with these issues. A few examples: The Rabbi Charry Memorial
Weekend this fall will feature Nati Passow of the Jewish Farm School and
Hazon, who will help us think about
our relationship to the land and to labor
in many dimensions. We are grateful to
the Julius & Ray Charlestein Foundation
for their gift to support this program in
memory of Malvina and Morton
Charlestein. And our new JAM (Jewish
Arts and Movement) program for young
families will feature singer/songwriter and
music educator (and GJC member)
Chana Rothman, who will help families
enter deeply into holidays and Shabbat
together with song, stories, and drama.
We are grateful to the Harold and Renee
Berger Family Engagement Endowment
Fund for sponsoring this program. And
Rabbi Lewis, Rabbi Educator Alanna
Sklover, and our Visiting Rabbi for the
year, Rabbi Reena Spicehandler, will continue our tradition of serious teaching and
learning on Shabbat and during the
week. I encourage you to take advantage
of all of the opportunities we have to
learn from and with each other this year.
The High Holidays are a valuable time
to come together with a large cross-section of our community to pray and sing
and think and talk about how we want to
live our lives in the upcoming year. Sign
up for the Erev Rosh ha-Shanah dinner at
6:30, preceded by our first JAM (tot family program) at 6:00 and/or our special
Kol T’ru’ah singing service at 7:30. Bring
your children to one of the range of services for young people on Rosh ha-Shanah
and on Yom Kippur. Check out the Kol
D’mamah contemplative service or
Torah-centered Yoga. Study texts with
Rabbi Lewis on Rosh ha-Shanah and Yom
Kippur afternoons. Participate in our new
musical N’ilah service in the Charry
Sanctuary to close Yom Kippur, featuring
the combined voices of Nina Peskin,
Rabbi Lewis, and myself. Or come to our
teen activity groups, childcare for our
youngest members, services in the
Charry Sanctuary, Minyan Masorti, and
Dorshei Derekh, an exciting Bregman
program with Rabbi Mordechai
Liebling on the sabbatical year, and
more! Please come and explore it all,
and bring along those who are interested in GJC to see all that we offer!
As we enter the New Year, I encourage you to try something new, to open
yourself up to ideas and activities that
you may not have encountered before,
to stretch and grow in new ways that
you may not have previously imagined.
The year stretches out before us like a
blank canvas, waiting for us to fill it
with learning, growing, and engaging
with Jewish tradition and with each
other, enhancing the meaning of our
lives together in new and exciting
ways.
My wife Cheryl and our sons, Zeke,
Avi, & Mati, join me in wishing you a
new year full of the blessings of health,
happiness, joy, and peace. L’shanah
tovah!
Program Highlights
New Mussar Class begins
September 8
Women’s Club
Welcome Back Brunch & Program
September 14
S’lichot
September 20
NEW! JAM Tot Family Program
with Chana Rothman and
Community Dinner
September 24 – Erev Rosh ha-Shanah
(See Page 9 for High Holiday Calendar)
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President’s Message
New Beginnings
By Mathieu Shapiro, GJC President
I
’ve always enjoyed
the
rhythm of fall and
the High Holidays.
Even in
those years when Jessica and I were
done with school, but didn’t yet have
kids, the High Holidays provided a
sense of new beginnings. I mark time
in part by the High Holidays: years I
stayed at college with friends, years I
made the effort to come home; the year
Jessica and I met but celebrated apart,
each with our own parents, followed
by the years together, splitting time between our parents’ respective congregations; the years here, in our own
synagogue, when small children left us
struggling to figure out how to spend
meaningful time in services and, more
recently, the years sitting in the Charry
with our children. Lately, I’ve been
able to mark the years by the time slots
during which I am the assigned bimah
officer, leading up to this, my first year
as president of Germantown Jewish
Centre.
I feel incredibly privileged to be
President of this remarkable community. Our collective energy, commitment, and generosity never cease to
amaze me. We are blessed with an extraordinarily talented, dedicated and
skilled staff. Indeed, were we simply
to maintain the status quo over the next
two years, we would be in good shape
in the fall of 2016 – when I would
begin the transition to not sitting on the
bimah during the High Holidays!
Of course, I hope to accomplish
more than maintaining the status quo
during the time you have granted me
as President. My principal goals are to
convince people more willingly to take
on leadership positions and to continue building a development strategy.
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Mitch Marcus led an ambitious
process of revamping the bylaws to
match a re-imagined model of leadership. Without reciting too many details,
we’ve tried to eliminate what I’ve affectionately referred to as “standing committees in search of agendas.” The
handful of remaining standing committees have on-going tasks that are essential to shul governance, so that they are
never in search of an agenda. The committees that are really advisory committees to staff professionals have been
designated as such, and develop their
agendas in conjunction with staff. And,
we hope to have much more meaningful
work done by ad hoc committees, with
which we’ve had great success in the
past (for instance, rabbinic transition and
search committees, and the Religious
School curriculum committee). The ad
hoc committees will have agendas
driven by the specific task and timeline
assigned to them, so that people willing
to volunteer will be assured that the precious time they give to the shul is valued,
effective, and manageable in the context
of their otherwise busy lives.
All of this is designed to draw more
people into committee work, and in turn
lead more people into leadership. This
is terribly important because we simply
cannot function without our volunteer
leaders. To that end, I invite anyone interested in serving on a committee or in
leadership, in any capacity, to let me
know. And, more importantly, to let me
know how we can do a better job of
making that service both feasible and engaging.
We are also trying to improve our development efforts. The long-term reasons for working on development should
be self-evident. As a non-profit organization, we can do almost anything
within our collective imagination – so
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long as the price tag is within our ability to fundraise.
The short-term reasons for increasing our development efforts may be
less widely known. We put an extraordinary amount of our resources and
our identity into our staff. During my
term, we have important contracts to
negotiate with many of those beloved
individuals. Negotiating those contracts will require a substantial increase
in our revenue. So we are thinking
about ways to raise that money. In fact,
I’ll go out on a limb and predict that
you will hear a little bit more about this
from me on Kol Nidrei, during the
High Holiday appeal. For now, suffice
it to say that you should expect to hear
regularly from me about the money we
will need to raise to maintain the
staffing level to which we’ve become
accustomed.
Of course, we have other goals.
We are creating an inclusion committee, reaching out to young families,
continuing the momentum Rabbi
Sklover is building in our Religious
School, moving forward with POWER,
and, let’s not forget, providing countless services, programs and other ways
for our congregants to engage with
their Judaism.
So, there is plenty going on, plenty
for me to do, and plenty for all of us to
do, together. And I really do mean together. I invite you to call me, to email
me, or to send me an old-fashioned letter. Tell me what we are doing well;
tell me what we could do better. Tell
me how to engage you in leadership.
Tell me whatever you think I need to
know to do this job.
In the meantime, enjoy the fall, and
the High Holidays. Alex, Jake, Jessica
and I wish you all a happy and healthy
new year. L’shanah tovah.
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IN ceLeBraTIoN…
shabbat chai-Lites
Mitch & Sue Marcus on the marriage of
their son Ben to Betsy Liekar
September 6
Zeke Zeff, son of Rabbi Adam Zeff &
• Kol D’mamah
Cheryl Bettigole, on his graduation from
(June 2014 – August 2014)
•
Musical
Marching Minyan
Barrack Hebrew Academy
Gert & Myra Jacobsohn on their 55th wedding anniversary
September 13
Jane & Allan Greenspan on the naming ceremony of their grand
• Charry Service – Mazal tov to Hannah Treatman, daughter
daughter Cecelia, daughter of Emily Greenspan & Peter Light
of Ronit & Howard Treatman, on becoming Bat Mitzvah
Leah & Norman Schwartz on the Bat Mitzvah of their granddaughter,
• Torah Yoga for Kids
Esther Bryna Schwartz, daughter of Joel & Sydney Schwartz,
• Parshat ha-Shavua b’Ivrit
in Jerusalem
September 20
Leah & Norman Schwartz on their 55th wedding anniversary
• Dorshei Derekh – Stefan Presser Memorial Shabbat
John & Miriam Von Essen on the birth of their son,
• Torah Yoga for Kids
Jacob Dov Von Essen
Lyndall and Charlie Miller on the birth of their grandson,
September 26 & 27
Gabriel Nadav Leber, son of Kelilah Miller and Sean Leber
• Erev Shabbat Service at 6:30 PM
Jeff & Linda Needleman on the birth of their grandson,
• Torah Yoga for Kids
Jamie Matthew Needleman
Abigail Horn & Maria Pulzetti on the birth of their son Simon Horn
October 3 & 4
Pulzetti, grandson of Burton & Joan Stern
• Kol Nidrei at 5:30 PM
• Charry Service & Minyan Masorti each begin at 9 AM
• Dorshei Derekh begins at 9:30 AM
IN MeMorIaM
• See Pg 9 for Yom Kippur Schedule
Dr. Robert Joseph husband of Rosaline Joseph
Gordon Kutler
October 11
Paul Shane husband of Dr. Ana Marjanovic-Shane
• Parshat ha-Shavua b’Ivrit
Ya’acov Berdugo brother of Albert Berdugo
• Sukkah Walk
Anthony Arce
Norton J. Cohen father of Rabbi Debrah Cohen and grandfather of
October 25
Levanah
• Torah Yoga for Kids
Dr. Joseph Rotenberg
October 31-November 1
• Rabbi Elias Charry Memorial Weekend
NeW MeMBers
• Kol Zimrah
• Sharon & Irving Shapiro
• Shabbat Potluck & Program at 7:30 PM
• Shabbat Afternoon Program
• Lee Silverman & Chung Yi Young
• Robert & Jenna Isaacs
IsraeLI daNcINg
Sundays in September-October
at 10 AM beginning September 7 (not 9/28)
$5 per session
For more info call Tamar Magdovitz
at 215-247-9614
Kabbalat Shabbat /Kol Zimrah
Fridays at 6 PM (unless otherwise noted above)
Shabbat Morning
Services at 10 AM (unless otherwise noted above)
Kol D’mamah at 10 AM
Torah Yoga for Kids at 10 AM
Musical Marching Minyan at 10:15 AM
Parshat ha-Shavua b’Ivrit at 11 AM
Shabbat Morning Kids Space - Room 305
Kids are welcome to play Shabbat-friendly games in
Room 305 - bring your own and some will be provided.
Please respect the space, clean up after yourselves
and put all games away after use.
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Member spotlight
by Linda Kriger
Rebecca Kirzner & Alanna Sklover
W
hen you spot Alanna Sklover
walking down a synagogue
corridor or hanging out at the High
Point Café, you will find her emanating high energy and a broad smile. As
rabbi-educator at GJC, Alanna has led
the religious school for more than a
year, injecting it with innovative approaches to Jewish education. She
was a student rabbi here in 2012-13
when she was studying at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC)
and has lived in Mt. Airy more than
seven years, so she has been enfolded
into the community for quite some
time.
Alanna, 31, is a city person. She
was born in Washington DC and her
cell phone still carries a 202 area code
to remind her of her original home.
(She is so oriented to the city that she
notes that she calls herself “Mt. Airy
inward” meaning that when she’s not
in Mt. Airy, she heads for Center City
rather than the suburbs).
She attended public school until
the eighth grade when her parents sent
her to the elite Madeira School, where
she was a commuter student. “What I
came to appreciate most after graduating from Madeira is how to interact
with groups of people who are very
different from myself,” she reflected.
She connected with students from the
Deep South, the Northeast, the Midwest, and countries in the Middle East
like Qatar and Saudi Arabia, which
taught her “how to walk in a lot of
circles.”
In her Reform synagogue, Alanna
was the only 15 year old who attended weekly parsha study sessions
on Shabbat, sitting in a circle with
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people in their 50s and 60s. “I think
they embraced me because they
thought of me as their mascot,” she said,
reflecting on her teenage years. During
her senior year of high school, Alanna,
who had always been active in her synagogue’s youth group, attended an international conference of NFTY (North
American Federation of Temple Youth) in
Los Angeles. “I was listening to rabbinical students sharing their journey,” she
said. “Something clicked.” It was there
she decided that she would continue exploring Judaism and become a rabbi.
She attended Goucher College near
Baltimore, where she majored in theater
and religion and immediately became
very involved with Jewish leadership at
the college. “I made sure Hillel leadership was part of my routine from freshman year onward,” she said. She was
president of Hillel during her junior and
senior years while she was also the
student lighting designer for the theater
department.
Just before her junior year at
Goucher, Alanna met Rebecca Kirzner
at a Schusterman Hillel Leaders Assembly. Rebecca was then a student at the
University of Delaware. They married in
2009 and again this July as soon as gay
marriage became legal in Pennsylvania.
In fact, they jumped on the paperwork
so quickly, they were featured in an
NBC News 10 piece about gay marriage
in Philadelphia.
After Goucher, Alanna worked as the
full time youth activities director at Beth
Emeth in Wilmington DE. Moving her
way up the Amtrak line, she lived in
Wilmington for a year and then moved
to Philadelphia when Rebecca began
Teach for America.
She applied her passion for experiential education by working for three summers at the Reconstructionist Camp JRF
in northeastern Pennsylvania during rabbinical school, as Rosh T’Fillah at
Ramah day camp for two other summers
during rabbinical school and at a Reform Jewish camp, the Henry S. Jacobs
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camp in Utica, Mississippi before rabbinical school.
Alanna began to study at RRC in
2007, and became a member of GJC,
attending minyan Dorshei Derekh.
The community felt familiar to her at
the outset. “I’d already been working
at JRF and knew people in the Mt. Airy
orbit from my work with camp,” she
said. Besides her stint at GJC as a student rabbi, she served in the same capacity at Or Haneshamah in Ottowa,
Canada.
Reflecting on the philosophy that
governs her stewardship of GJC’s religious school, Alanna explained, “We
have a 5 ½ hour a week program, the
standard in the Conservative movement. But whether it’s 8 or 3 hours, the
same governing principle is important:
in order for Jewish education to be effective, it needs to resonate with the
kids. It has to somehow fit, be in sync,
with the way they see themselves operating in the world.
“For me there are three categories
we really have to hit for Jewish education to be meaningful,” she continued.
“We need to create programs that promote competency, confidence and
identity. Kids need to be confident in
themselves as Jews and learn how to
operate in the world as a Jew and as a
person.” So the religious school puts
an emphasis on competency, learning
siddur skills, Jewish holidays, life cycle
events, Jewish history, culture, music
and literature. Some years the school
goes deeper into these topics, some
years it’s more Torah focused and
some years more history focused, she
explained.
However, competency alone, she
contended, can’t build confidence.
Jewish confidence, a feeling that celebrating holidays, putting on a tallit, living a life informed by Jewish values –
is an authentic part of who you are as
a person, is crucial, she observed.
“Jewish confidence is what propels
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our students into experimenting with
Jewish practice in their adulthood, expressing pride in their Jewish identities
to non-Jewish peers, and feeling comfortable in their own Jewish skin.
Lastly, without exploring and building
a strong Jewish identity, neither competence nor confidence can take you
very far,” she said. “Without knowing
who you are as a Jewish person, without knowing how you feel when you
shake a lulav, you’re missing this crucial piece of Jewish identity.” Rabbi
Sklover encourages students to ask,
“Who am I as a Jew in the world? How
do I fit into Jewish community? Do I
love to cook maztah ball soup? Do I
love to chant Torah? Am I really turned
on to Jewish values that lead me to social justice?”
To promote her vision, Alanna and
her staff introduced an element of
choice on Wednesdays afternoons:
b’reirot, or electives. Every five weeks,
the religious school studies a different
topic in Jewish tradition. Next year,
they will study the concept of the
three legs on which Judaism and the
world stands, as laid out in Pirke Avot:
Torah, Avodah (holy service), and
Gmilut Chasadim (acts of kindness).
“In each of those five week blocks,
kids from second through sixth grade
have a choice of one of four electives to
take, in the visual arts, drama, reading
or writing, or something that’s a social
action project, or something connected
to sports or movement, all while learning Jewish content.
“Week six, we have a concluding
ceremony or performance, our B’reirah
Siyyum, and each b’reirah group presents for parents what they’ve been working on. This kind of a program models
for our students the nature of synagogues, that there isn’t just one entry
point for being Jewish. You may belong
to a synagogue because you get to do
social justice work, or you’re a member
of the choir. We’re teaching kids that
Torah isn’t just accessed from one angle.
We can approach God and spirituality
from many different angles. It is also our
hope that the kids, who have been sitting in school all day, experience
these b’reirot as a fun, Jewish after
school program with choices for them to
explore.”
Off hours, Alanna likes self-described
“geeky” activities. “I love watching and
reading sci-fi and fantasy novels and I’m
a big Star Trek fan,” she said. She also
loves playing board games, something
she began doing on Shabbat during her
year in Israel while in rabbinical school.
Now she plays a lot of board games not
only on Shabbat, including Settlers of
Catan, Dominion and Pandemic. She
plays with Rebecca and other members of the community.
She also loves to cook and
rollerblade, (though not at the same
time.) “Recently, my newest interest is
making my own pasta. I love to experiment. And I can be found often on
Monday mornings, my day off,
rollerblading on Kelly Drive. I’m not a
biker. I just have never been a bike
rider. I decided in 4th or 5th grade I
felt unstable on a bike and I wanted
contact with the ground. That’s my
deep, dark Mt. Airy secret.”
One of Alanna’s gratifying moments in the past year was when a religious school student corrected the
rabbis when they were about to pray
minha, the afternoon prayer. It was at
5:15. It’s dark outside, said a fifth
grader. Don’t you think we should do
ma’ariv, the evening prayer? “We
voted,” Alanna said. “That was a magical learning moment. The kids were
internalizing the rhythm of Jewish
prayer. It’s not the afternoon anymore.” It turns out that Rabbi Zeff and
Alanna planned to switch to the
evening prayer the following week.
“The kids said no, it looks like night
time,” Alanna said proudly, “so we
switched a week early.”
Think about what you need for
Rosh ha-Shanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot.
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And as always, our Early Bird Special gets you 10% off
purchases made between 12 and 3 Tuesdays thru Friday.
And remember, the Early Bird Special can be combined with
our other Specials for a total of 20 % off.
Help us support Israel.
Everything with a Blue Sticker is from Israel and is 10% off in September.
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S’LICHOT
AtGermantownJewishCentre
P r e p a r i n g f o r t h e N e w Ye a r Saturday evening
September 20, 2014
8:00 pm
SingingBeforetheGates:
DevoƟonalMusic&Prayer
With Rabbi Zeff, Rabbi Lewis, Nina Peskin,
Elliott Seif, Jonathan Singer, and Gary King
Musical Service at 8:00 pm
Refreshments at 10:15 pm
Late Night Service at 11:00 pm
The High Holidays offer us the opportunity to take stock, let go of grudges, and commit to grow in the
coming year. The month of Elul (the Hebrew month before the High Holidays) is a time to prepare
ourselves for the spiritual work of t’shuvah (repentance). As Elul comes to a close, the tradition of S’lichot
(reciting penitential prayers) invites us to return to ourselves and awaken our spirits. Join us for an
evening of devotional music, spiritual kavanot (intentions) and inspiring melodies for the S'lichot prayers.
We will create a comfortable space to learn, and enjoy time to worship and prepare for the High Holidays
in the warmth of community.
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Women’s club News
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By Co-Presidents, Yona Diamond Dansky and Dena Lake
est wishes to all for a healthy,
happy and peaceful year ahead.
As we reflect on the past year, we are
filled with gratitude and appreciation.
After two years of dedicated work by
GJC’s staff, we can now say the platform lift is complete and operational.
A special thanks goes to Eric Word,
who wisely and passionately shepherded this project from quotes to
completion.
The lift provides increased accessibility to the second floor of the education building for those who
Eric Word demonstrates operation of the
platform lift. Complete instructions will
be shared with the congregation in the
near future.
cannot use the stairs. As with many
older buildings, ours was not built
with wheelchair use in mind, and
over the years some of our members
have been prevented from activities,
programs and services that take place
throughout our building. Having this
lift was an important project and one
that so many of you found dear to
your hearts, as you recalled the obstacles loved ones with disabilities or
illness faced. Women’s Club is proud
to help provide increased access to
GJC, and we couldn’t have done it
Some Women’s Club Members took a trip
to Fabric Row in Philadelphia to search for
trims and materials to use to replace linings and repair the fraying edges of our
Torah mantles, yet another important project spearheaded by the Women’s Club this
year.
without the support of the entire congregation. Thank you all for coming forward so generously. We are in the
process of choosing the next Building
Beautiful project. Thank you in advance
for your continued support.
Women’s Club also invites you to
our many other programs and activities
throughout the year. On September 14,
there will be a Welcome Back Brunch
featuring Rivvy Neshama who grew up
at GJC and is the author of RECIPES
FOR A SACRED LIFE: True Stories and
a Few Miracles. Save the date - Oct. 26
is our Paid-Up Membership Brunch. Pay
Women’s Club (or Men’s Club dues)
and enjoy great food and entertainment
(details to follow).
Women’s Club members recently
began volunteering with ECP as storytellers and Challah helpers. If you are
interested in participating, please contact Anna Goldberg at [email protected]
Our Intergenerational Women’s
Gatherings, “Sharing Our Stories, Shar-
ing Our Lives,” continue to draw
women from our various GJC communities for meaningful conversations and connections.
Women’s
Club brings together women representing every area of GJC—every
Minyan, every age group—to take
care of our synagogue in a unique
and vital way.
When you join WOMEN’S CLUB
by paying $45 annual dues you help
sponsor enriching programs and important projects. You can also contribute your talents by volunteering
with the Women’s Club in a myriad of
ways. By being part of WOMEN’S
CLUB you help strengthen the institution of GJC and the community that
Sheila Erlbaum and Anna Goldberg are
signing the word for “Hunt,” as they
read Going on a Bear Hunt with the
children. Women’s Club members are
participating as Readers and Challah
Helpers in ECP.
comprises and relies on it.
You become part of a very special,
very caring community. For more information, email Peninah Berdugo at
[email protected] or Vilma
Lieberman at [email protected]
Thank you again, Shana Tova!
Special Thanks to the Wolfe Family Foundation
for generously supporting programming at GJC
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Non Members
more information, contact Vilma
Sep 8
Mindy Shapiro
Mondays
$300/325
Mussar
Lieberman at [email protected]
Year-Long Course
7—9 pm
(per semester)
or 215-885-5753.
(2 Semesters)
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September 9
The Lion Seeker
by Kenneth Bonert
October 14 and
November 11
Like Dreamers
by Yossi Klein Halevi
Hazak
Programming for Adults 55+
By Hazak Co-Chairs,
Cherie Goren & Sonia Dishler
O
ur 2013-14 season ended on a
high note when Rabbi Lewis
enlightening us with legends of the Israelites’ journey in the wilderness. It
was well attended and we hope our
Sunday mornings will to continue to
grow. In August we started our new
season with “Opera Under the Stars”
with our own “maestro” Sam Feinberg. We are especially proud of this
annual summer tradition that attracts
participants from near and far, both
members and guests. We wish you a
happy, healthy and peaceful new year.
More Tough
Social Issues in
Israel
Rabbi Lewis
Sundays
10 am—
12 Noon
Nov 2, 9, 16, 23
$60/80
R ea di n g t he B ib l e
through a Woman’s
Eyes: CSI Meets
Gloria Steinem
Ellen Frankel
Wednesdays
7:30-9 pm
Oct 29;
Nov 5, 12, 19;
Dec 3
$50/65
Coaching for Caregivers Workshop
Yosaif August &
Rabbi Phyllis
Berman
One Day Only
Sunday,
December 7
2-4 pm
Dec 7
$15/25
Bizarre Talmudic
Passages & their
Philosophical Import
Rabbi Joshua
Gutoff
Tuesdays
7:30-9 pm
Jan 13, 20, 27;
Feb 3, 10, 17
Tor ah Tea chi ng s &
End of Life Wisdom
Simcha Raphael
Sundays
7:30-9 pm
Every other week
Feb 8, 22;
Mar 8, 22
Six Cities &
Jewish History
Rabbi Robert
Tabak
Wednesdays
7:30-9 pm
Feb 11, 18, 25;
Mar 11, 18, 25
$75/100
Coffee & Commentary (Torah Study)
Rabbi Lewis
Wednesdays
11 am - Noon
Apr 15, 22, 29;
May 6, 13, 20
$60/75
High Ho lid ay
Torah Trope
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Wednesdays
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Apr 22, 29;
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Jun 3, 10
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The name HAZAK is an acronym. The
het stands for Hokhma (wisdom), that
zayan for Ziknah (maturity) and the kuph
for Kadima (looking ahead). The Rhea
Shils Chapter of Hazak at Germantown
Jewish Centre has offered programs that
appeal to a wide audience since 2003.
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Ellen Reese
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Cel: 267 971 7970
e-mail: [email protected]
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$100/125
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High
Holiday & Sukkot
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Sukkot [CS]
[C S ]
66:30pm
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Parents
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for
or C
Childcare,
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Children’s
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Services
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Children’s Lunch.
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details on
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supplemental programs
programs for
for teens
teens & adults.
a d u lt s .
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social action Update
An Introduction to POWER for GJC Members
By David Mosenkis and Andrea Moselle
B
y now you’ve likely heard of GJC’s
joining POWER, an interfaith
coalition of local congregations working on justice issues in our region.
Why is joining POWER good for GJC?
It connects GJC with the larger interfaith community working for justice in
Philadelphia. It invigorates justice
work within GJC, nurturing one of our
core values as a community and helping to engage members and attract
new members. And it provides a
framework and concrete activities for
communal and individual engagement
in ongoing, sustainable justice work.
GJC members work together with
members of other congregations, including people of different religions,
races and classes.
With strong support from GJC
members, POWER has scored a number of achievements in recent months.
POWER’s spring Voter Engagement
Campaign culminated in an overwhelming victory for the May 20 ballot
measure guaranteeing a living wage
for city subcontracted workers. (The
Summer 2014 issue of the Centre Call,
available on-line only, has an article on
GJC’s participation in this great success.)
POWER was credited as a major factor
in Mayor Nutter’s signing an executive
order on May 6 to mandate a minimum
wage of $12/hour for first-tier subcontractors for the city. POWER was granted
one of 7 seats on City Council’s Living
Wage and Benefits Review Committee.
And by mobilizing massive grass roots
support for school funding, POWER has
helped propel that issue to the top of the
agenda in the gubernatorial race and
among state legislators.
Member congregations work together
to determine the organization’s priorities
and strategies. Currently, POWER has
chosen three area of focus: education,
economic justice, and immigration reform. GJC members are leaders on
POWER’s Education Strategy team and
have participated in meetings with gubernatorial candidates, PA legislators,
and School Superintendent Hite in
Philadelphia and Harrisburg to discuss
school funding. 33 GJC members
knocked on doors and phoned voters
in East and West Mt. Airy garnering
commitments to vote in May’s primary
election and support full fair funding
for public schools.
POWER comprises over 40 congregations across Philadelphia, and is now
extending into Montgomery county. It
also collaborates with similar faithbased coalitions in other parts of the
state to achieve greater impact in
statewide work around education and
other issues. POWER intentionally
brings people together across the lines
of race, faith, income level and neighborhood -- lines which have historically kept Philadelphians divided.
POWER engages people of faith committed to the work of bringing about
justice here and now, in our city and
our region. For more information or to
get involved, contact David Mosenkis
([email protected]) or Andrea
Moselle ([email protected]).
early childhood Program (ecP)
“The Summer of the Arts” at Camp Keshet
H
By Jodi Gordon, ECP Director
teachers alike, also learned a bit of
sign language through storytelling.
The children of ECP truly experienced
an enriching summer at Camp Keshet
thanks to Anna Goldberg and our fabulous team of teachers and volunteers.
ere are few picture capturing
some beautiful moments during
“The Summer of the Arts” at Camp
Keshet. The children explored the
arts each day by using different mediums such as clay, chalk, water colors,
music and dance. They were treated to
two concerts over the summer which included beautiful Hebrew music that
made us all get up and dance! The
camp keshet community, children and
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religious school
The Power of Summer
By Rabbi Alanna Sklover
T
he summer that I turned sixteen,
I travelled to Israel for the first
time. It was not with my parents or
my brothers, but rather with 36 other
Jewish teens whom I had never met.
We rafted on the Jordan, davenned
Camp Pinemere
(prayed) at the Kotel (Western Wall),
camped in the Negev (desert), and
floated in the Dead Sea. We traveled
to kibbutzim, stayed with host families in Netanya, and participated in
an archeological dig. More important and powerful than all of these
experiences, though, was something
I would not have experienced had I
not chosen to go to Israel in a group
of my peers. I reflected upon this
moment in my journal,
“A few days before our sunrise
hike up Masada, one of the group
leaders came up to me and asked if I
wanted to lead services that morning
when we reached the top. I told her
that I had never led a service, but I
would try. At this point, the trip was
nearly over and the members of our
group had bonded into a cohesive
whole. I decided to ask each member of the group if they had written
any poetry on the trip that they
would like to share, and incorporate
them into the service. When we
reached the top of the mountain, I
handed out different poems to each
participant for them to read aloud between certain prayers. As the yelloworange sun began to creep over the
horizon and light the desert all
around us, the air was filled with
prayer and the heartfelt words of
thirty-seven American, Canadian,
and Belgian teenagers, all experiencing Israel for the first time.”
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This summer, more than two-dozen
kids and teens from Germantown Jewish Centre attended Jewish Summer
Camp or participated in a trip to Israel
or other Jewish immersive experience.
They spent their summers hiking and
singing Jewish songs at Ramah Day
Camp, Camp Ramah in the Poconos
and in Wisconsin, they swam in the
lake and welcomed in Shabbat at
Camp JRF and Galil, and they forged
lifelong friendships and integrated Jewish values into daily life Pinemere
Camp, BIMA @ Brandeis, and URJ Six
Points Sports Academy. Our teens traveled to Israel with B’nai Brith Camp,
Ramah Seminar, the No’ar Hadash Israel Experience, and Habonim D’ror,
and explored the rich Jewish and
African American history of the Deep
South with Operation Understanding.
The power of these immersive experiences is the opportunity to live, explore, and grow in a 24/7 Jewish
community that is at once made up of
their peers and crafted and facilitated
Camp JRF
by young Jewish adults from whom
they learn informally as they serve as
dugma’ot (rolemodels and examples).
Whether at the top of Masada,
around the campfire, or on a bus, I
hope that each of our campers and
travelers had a transformative moment like the one I shared, that they
will carry with them from the summer
into their Jewish lives. I know I speak
for all of us when I say that we can’t
wait for them to bring back their stories to our community and share what
they have learned with all of us!
Please join us on Saturday, September
6 as we celebrate “Camp Shabbat” in
the Charry Sanctuary, and hear some
of those stories and invite campers to
participate in the service.
Are you thinking about sending your
child Jewish summer camp or looking for
a trip that might be appropriate for your
teen? I am happy to help you explore options and connect you with resources
that fit with the needs of your family!
Camp JRF
Camp Ramah
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FUND
Adult Education Fund
Bess Schick Memorial Fund
Camp Scholarship Fund
Chesed Fund
Dorshei Derekh
Early Childhood Program Fund
BY
Gisha Berkowitz
Joan Gollub
Martin Itzkowitz
Jonathan Moselle
Leah & Norman Schwartz
Nan Daniels
Vincent DiLorenzo
Marilyn Kutler & Ira Silberman
Judah Labovitz
Dena & Ed Lake
Judge Edward E.
& Ruth R. Russell
Judy Shanefield
Hannah Shaw
Lawrence Sternthal
Lynne & Art Ellis
Lynne & Art Ellis
Dveera Segal
Deborah Stern
Allan Oster
Linda Dzuba
Maxine & Maurice Feldman
Gail Loeb Kunreuther
Louise Leibowitz
Henrietta Kotlus Rosenberg
& Harry Rosenberg
Joan Silver
Bev & Ira Somerson
General Fund
Beth Stearman & Mitchell Berk
Barbara Bloom
Carol Daniels
Dina Pinsky & Mikael Elsila
Lynne Furman
Abigail Horn & Maria Pulzetti
Roberta Kaneff
Abigail Weinberg
& Nathan Martin
Jim & Sandy Meyer
Elliot Miller
OCCASION
in memory of Susan Finkelstein Meltzer, niece
in memory of Gordon & Joyce Kutler
in memory of Simon Itzkowitz, father
in memory of Phillip Moselle, father
in memory of Richard Neff, fiance of Aviva Perlo
in memory of Helene Bernat, sister
in memory of Sophie DiLoenzo, mother
in memory of Gordon Kutler, a long time member of GJC
in memory of Gittel Labovitz, mother
in honor of Marcy & Dan Bacine on the birth of their grandson,
Levi Jacob Bacine
in memory of Gordon Kutler, a long time member of GJC
in memory of Gordon Kutler, a long time member of GJC
in appreciation of the office candy fairy
in memory of Jacob Sternthal, father
in honor of Rebecca & Ivan Wolnek, on the Bar Mitzvah of
their son Avi
in memory of Richard Neff, fiance of Aviva Perlo
in memory of Esther Cogan, grandmother
in memory of Eva & Paul Klepper, grandparents
in appreciation of being such a warm & inviting community
in memory of Nathan Routhinstein, father
in honor of Marcy & Dan Bacine on the birth of their grandson,
Levi Jacob Bacine
in memory of Lillian Blender, mother
in memory of Jack Leibowitz, father
in honor of Anna Goldberg & P'nut Brown, for all of their hard
work with the Dubonim class
in honor of Marcy & Dan Bacine on the birth of their grandson,
Levi Jacob Bacine
in honor of Marcy & Dan Bacine on the birth of their grandson,
Levi Jacob Bacine
in memory of Ya'acov Berdugo, brother of Albert Berdugo
in appreciation of Josh Goldblum
in honor of Linda Kriger, on the 50th anniversary of her
Bat Mitzvah
in honor of Jake & Linda Kriger, on the college graduation of
their son Daniel
in honor of Genie Ravital
in memory of Reba Kilieman, mother
in honor of Burton & Joan Horn, on the bris of their grandson,
Simon Horn Pulzetti
in memory of Ida Kaneff, mother
in honor of Gert & Myra Jacobsohn, on their 55th wedding
anniversary
in honor of Mathieu Shapiro, on assuming the presidency
in honor of Mitch Marcus, for his outstanding service as president
in honor of Marcy & Dan Bacine on the birth of their grandson,
Levi Jacob Bacine
in honor of Marcy & Dan Bacine on their wedding anniversary
in honor of Steve & Louie Asher, on their 35th wedding
anniversary
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Contributions Continued
General Fund
Hazak Fund
Ernest Mukamal
Ameet & Genie Ravital
Rabbi Joan Pitzele Sacks
Phyllis Berman
& Arthur Waskow
Ted & Marcia Wasserman
Rosaline Joseph
Sam & Helene Feinberg
Susan Rothschild
Interfaith Hospitality Network
Rachel Falkove
Cecile Merion
Frieda Sanders
Israel Affairs Fund
Arlene Friedman
Carol & Marty Kaplan
Leah & Norman Schwartz
Israel Garden Fund
Kiddush Fund
Minyan Masorti
Memorial Shabbat Fund
Norman Schwartz
Sylvia Lifschitz & Mitch Hirsch
Richard Menin
Michael Rodin
Jerry Kutnick
Ellen Reese
Leah & Norman Schwartz
Bob & Sarah Wenger
Music Fund
Mitchell Berk & Beth Stearman
Ruth Rosenthal
Chuck & Martha Schleifer
Martha Schleifer
Playground Fund
Prayerbook & Ritual Item Fund
Rabbi Lewis’s Discretionary Fund
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Karen Glaser
Joan Silver
Zelda Stern
Seth Goren
Peshe Kuriloff
Peter Kuriloff
Ellen Reese
Gwynne Sigel
Daniel & Marcy Bacine
Daniel Bacine
Lila Booth
Andrea Brockman
Evelyn Caplin
Nan Daniels
Noel Eisenstat
Joyce Eveloff
Hyman & Rosalie Fisher
in memory of lost loved ones
in honor of the women of the Little Shop
in honor of Adina Newberg, on her translation of the
conversion document
in honor of Paul Minkoff, on his 86th birthday
in honor of Ned Borowsky, on his 60th birthday
in memory of Bob Joseph, husband
in memory of Barbara Lekas, sister of Robert Josephs
in memory of Evelyn Josephs, mother of Robert Josephs
refuah shleimah to Aaron Weber
in memory of Rosa Heimann, mother
in memory of Robert Rothschild, husband
in memory of Naomi Falkove, mother
in memory of Joseph Kopstein, brother
in memory of Eva Goldenberg, sister
in memory of Lena Goldenberg, mother
in memory of Paul Kaplan, brother
in memory of William Kaplan, father
in memory of Anthony Arce, a long time member of GJC
in memory of Ya’acov Berdugo, brother of Albert Berdugo
in memory of Gordon Kutler, a long time member of GJC
in honor of Joel & Sydney Schwartz, of Ramat Bet Shemesh,
Israel, on the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter, Esther Bryna
in memory of Joseph Schwartz, father
refuah shleimah to Gail Tunick
in memory of Victor Menin, father
in memory of Esther Akselrod, grandmother
in memory of Esther Kutnick, mother
in memory of Ya’acov Berdugo, brother of Albert Berdugo
in honor of Rebecca & Ivan Wolnek, on the Bar Mitzvah of
their son Avi
in honor of Minna Ziskind & Gavi Miller, on the Bat Mitzvah of
their daughter, Ariadne
in honor of the marriage of Jesse Wenger, son of Bob &
Sarah Wenger, to Rebecca Stern, daughter of Richard Stern &
Kathryn Hellerstein
in memory of Leonard Rosenthal, husband
in honor of Rabbi Alanna Sklover
in honor of Anna & Phill Goldberg
in honor of Amber & Marc Schleifer
in memory of Martin A. Myers, uncle
in memory of Jay furman, uncle
in memory of Phillip Mallis, step-father
in memory of Marjorie Kopeland, mother
in memory of Gordon Kutler, a long time member of GJC
in memory of Emanuel Cantor, father
in memory of Lucy Winifred Kuriloff, mother
in memory of Jacob W. Reese, father
in appreciation of the support that Rabbi Lewis provides
in honor of the bris of their grandson, Levi Jacob Bacine
in memory of Jules Bacine, father
in memory of Bernard Wolfman, brother
in memory of Sylvia Brockman, mother
in memory of Herbert Caplin, husband
in memory of Mildred Shapiro, mother
in memory of Lorraine Eisenstat, mother
in memory of Philip Blumenthal, father
in memory of Robert Joseph, husband of Rosaline Joseph
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Contributions Continued
Rabbi Zeff's Discretionary Fund
Ellen Fleishman
Rabbi Dayle Friedman
Frances Friedmann Neiman
Anna Goldberg
Ellen Fleishman & Allen Gottlieb
Jane & Allan Greenspan
Abigail Horn & Maria Pulzetti
Connie Katz
Cecile Merion
Martin Millison
Linda & Jeff Needleman
Roslyn Nissen
Jack & Susan Rome
Priscilla Roslyn
Gloria Salmansohn
Barbara & Alan Schindler
Leah & Norman Schwartz
Religious School Fund
Social Action Fund
Torah Restoration Fund
Gary Stein
Debbie Stern
George Stern
Zelda Stern
Miriam & John Von Essen
Mindy Brown
Ben Greberman
Alex Seldin
Eleanor Brownstein
Judah Labovitz
Eleanor Seif
Debbie Stern
David Young
Kathy Amrom
Julia Bell
Women’s Club
Jonathan & Ellen Chilton
Sheila Erlbaum
Diane Ajl & Neil Kitrosser
Neil Kitrosser
Eve Pinkenson
Richard Rosenbaum
Ruth Rosenthal
Kathy Amrom
Frances Gold
in memory of Edythe Fleishman, mother
in memory of Fred Marcus, step-father
in memory of Herbert Neiman, husband
in honor of Steve & Louie Asher, on their 35th wedding
anniversary
in memory of Ya’acov Berdugo, brother of Albert Berdugo
in honor of Michael & Frances Baylson’s 45th wedding anniversary
in honor of the birth of their son, Simon Horn Pulzetti
in memory of Donald B. Hackel, father
in memory of Goldie Kopstein, mother
in memory of Mamie Millison, mother
in appreciation of Rabbi Zeff, Rabbi Lewis & Nina Peskin
in memory of Lena Hoffman, mother
in appreciation of the GJC Rabbis for all of their help with
Rebecca’s Bat Mitzvah
in memory of Joel Roslyn, husband
in memory of Adelheid Tilla Benjamin, friend
in memory of Dr. Robert Joseph, husband of Rosaline Joseph
in honor of Cheryl Bettigole & Rabbi Adam Zeff, on the
confirmation of their son, Avi
in honor of Beulah Trey & Steve Masters, on the confirmation of
their son, Ari
in honor of Leslie & Curt Pontz, for their years of service to GJC
in memory of William Stein, father
in memory of Charlotte Schoen, mother
in memory of Carlyn Stern, mother
in memory of Bruce Kutler, son
in honor of the birth of their son, Jacob Dov Von Essen
in memory of Leiser Brown, father
in memory of Betty R. Werner, sister
in memory of Ruth Seldin, mother
in memory of Joseph Brownstein, father
in memory of Clara Levy, mother-in-law
in memory of Deborah Labovitz, wife
in memory of Annabelle Cohen, mother
in memory of Anna & Murray Schoen, grandparents
in memory of Rochelle Carlton, wife
refuah shleimah to Linda Cherkas
refuah shleimah to Ellen Frankel
in honor of Juha & Elana Hollo, on the Bat Mitzvah of
their daughter Elisheva
in honor of David Stern & Kathryn Hellerstein on the marriage of
their daughter Rebecca
in memory of Andrea Gilstrap Bell, sister-in-law
in memory of Robert Edward Bell Jr., brother
in memory of Robert Edward Bell, father
in memory of Ya’acov Berdugo, brother of Albert Berdugo
in memory of George Erlbaum, father
in memory of Ya’acov Berdugo, brother of Albert Berdugo
in memory of Benjamin Kitrosser, father
in memory of Aaron Blumenthal, father
in memory of Gordon Kutler, a long time member of GJC
in memory of Sadie Wernick, mother
in appreciation of Chris Levin, for hosting the Torah Fund
Brunch and making it a special day
in appreciation of Elizabeth Bloch-Smith, for her wonderful talk
presented at the Torah Fund Brunch, which was the highlight of
the event
in appreciation of Women’s Club
in memory of Max Gold, husband
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Contributions Continued
Carol & Marty Kaplan
Women’s Club
Susan & Ken Weiss
Young Families Retreat Fund
Youth Activities Fund
Abigail Weinberg
Elizabeth Bloch-Smith
David Hahn & Barbara Weiss
Tamar, Sam, Joe &
Zach Magdovitz
Curt & Leslie Pontz
Curt Pontz
Leah & Norman Schwartz
Sidney Stein
in honor of Marcy & Dan Bacine on the birth of their grandson,
Levi Jacob Bacine
in honor of Marcy & Dan Bacine on the birth of their grandson,
Levi Jacob Bacine
in memory of David Israel Weinberg, grandfather
in honor of David Stern & Kathryn Hellerstein, on the marriage of
their daughter Rebecca Stern to Jesse Wenger
in memory of Don Secrest, father of Hideko Secrest & grandfather
of Shigeo & Mei
in honor of Gabriel Miller & Minna Ziskind, on the Bat Mitzvah of
their daughter Ari
in honor of Helen & Michael Feinberg, on the college graduation of
their son, Ari
in honor of Joel Fish & Debbie Aron, on the college graduation of
their children, Ari & Talia
in honor of Neil Actor & Nini Engel, on the high school graduation
of their daughter, Eliana
in honor of Mark Spiller & Amy Cohen, on the college graduation
of their son, Gabe
in memory of Jake Taylor Pontz, grandson
in memory of Harry Pontz, father
in honor of Jessica Baskin Taylor & Thomas Taylor, on the Bar
Mitzvah of their son, Jared
in honor of Claire McCusker & Jonathan Levy, on the Bat Mitzvah
of their daughter, Abigail
in memory of Max Stein, father
in memory of Bella Stein, mother
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Rabbi’s Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 1
President’s Message . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 2
Shabbat Chai-Lites . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 3
What’s New in the Mishpoche . . . .Page 3
Member Spotlight . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 4
Little Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 5
S’lichot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 6
Women’s Club News . . . . . . . . . . .Page 7
People of the Book . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 8
Adult Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 8
Hazak . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 8
High Holiday & Sukkot Services . .Page 9
Social Action Update . . . . . . . . . .Page 10
ECP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 10
JAM: Jewish Arts & Movement . . .Page 11
Religious School . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 12
Contributions (begin on) . . . . . . . .Page 13
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October 4
Sukkah Walk
October 11
GJC Celebrates! Sukkot
October 12
Tot Sukkot Potluck
October 14
GJC Celebrates! Simchat Torah
October 16
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Women’s Club & Men’s Club Paid Up Brunch
October 26
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